Many of us love the sport of cycling and have even enjoyed our own time on a bike. Most of us have stories that entail summer days spent outdoors on our bikes with our neighborhood friends. Such days and experiences have even lead to a deeper interest as adults. Next thing you know, you’re hand picking parts to build the world’s best mountain bike and even customizing a frame that’s just the right shade of red. This sort of passionate experience within the biking community has developed into what seems to be a very artistic endeavor. Not only does the sport itself exist as an art form, but our bikes are becoming more and more of an artistic expression.
Today, we see the extreme popularity of capturing any moment possible on video and posting to YouTube instantly. Sports are no exception, especially when it comes to biking and more specifically, trials biking. These videos illustrate an artistic expression, such as with professional “street” trials biker, Danny MacAskill. Just the skill alone, to balance a bike on a railing and do flips off a wall onto another wall, is well beyond my own biking abilities and truly shows dedication, not to mention the artistry behind such a sport. For those who don’t know, trials biking is the sport of stunt like performances that require very good bike handling skills. Imagine a biking obstacle course! For some, any street/city location is perfect for finding the next challenge.
MacAskill can be seen jumping off and performing stunts on all sorts of intriguing obstacles around different city locations, with each video playing an inspiring soundtrack. These videos for the more professional and well known trials bikers are beautifully edited and contain perfectly captured and well lit moments for each biking stunt performed. For some trials bikers, these videos have become so popular that is has actually provided them with a biking career. Take a look at one of Danny’s videos! In addition to trials biking, mountain biking proves to be huge in video production with some that have even made it to actually screenings.
To those of us who are passionate about biking this creates a deeper need for us to make this sport of biking into an art form. An example of this can be seen at pinkbike.com where you can see the beauty of sharpie art! Braden Bohme posted pictures of his expertly drawn sharpie designs sketched on the frame of his bike. He explains, “Although it may seem something like this might only take a few hours on a piece of paper, it actually turned out to be very tricky and difficult to get a steady and consistent line on the curved surface. So, what started out as a relatively quick project turned out to take me close to 50 hours in total, but it was definitely worth every hour.”
This dedication is the form of a true artist and exemplifies what has become cycling culture today. The bike is not only your tool to a fantastic performance and skill, but also serves as a canvas. Braden Bohme states, “I hope this not only inspires riders to create unique art work on their bikes, but also the manufactures to start using their frames and products as a canvas. Art isn't just meant for canvases and paper, it should be everywhere and I think a bike frame is one of many perfect places for it.” Perfectly stated!
Make sure to also visit cyclelove.net to check out all that is bike culture with a mix of some very interesting bike art! I also encourage you to get creative with your own bike! After all, it can be a canvas as well!